We are officially a month out from the 2022 NFL Draft. The 2022 NFL Draft has more meaning around Nebraska this year because there is a good shot we’ll have four or five players drafted and could even see our first Husker going on Day 2 for the first time in years. Here is a look at all the news, notes and highlights for the Draft Eligible Huskers.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com put out a four round mock draft that saw only two Huskers taken. While he didn’t have JoJo Domann being selected, he did have Jurgens going the highest I’ve seen in a mock draft to date. Here is where he had Jurgens and Taylor-Britt.
- 44. Cleveland Browns: Cam Jurgens
- 77. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Taylor-Britt
Over at Pro Football Network, Cam Mellor put out an updated full 7 round mock draft. Only three Huskers were projected to be drafted. Notably excluded are Austin Allen and Samori Toure who are the next two most likely drafted players.
- 87) Arizona Cardinals: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
- 125) Miami Dolphins: Cameron Jurgens, C, Nebraska
- 184) Minnesota Vikings: JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
David Howman of SB Nation Cowboys site Blogging the Boys did a full 7 Round NFL Mock Draft that saw four Huskers selected.
- 103. Kansas City Chiefs: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB - Nebraska
- 104. Los Angeles Rams: JoJo Domann, LB - Nebraska
- 152. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN): Cam Jurgens, iOL - Nebraska
- 199. Carolina Panthers (from LVR): Austin Allen, TE - Nebraska
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers team site did a 2nd round only mock draft. In this mock draft they had Cam Jurgens going to the Eagles with the 51st pick. Here is what they had to say.
Stud Eagles center Jason Kelce was no lock to come back for 2022, and he’s doing so on just a one-year contract. This is a good way to prepare for his impending retirement and also add some depth on a line that has had to fight through tons of injuries in recent seasons. Jurgens is athletic and feisty.
Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network did a Raiders only mock draft that saw Cam Jurgens as their 5th round selection.
An athletically-gifted mover of men, Cam Jurgens has come on late in the evaluation process but earned himself a ton of money after showcasing his athletic profile at the combine. It’s gone so far as to force some talent evaluators to flip on his film. Dubbed a ‘Day 3 Tyler Linderbaum,’ Jurgens possesses more than enough ability to start from day one and will provide Ziegler with a boatload of value that should outplay his rookie contract within his first two campaigns.
Fansided Bears site Bear Goggles On writer Rob Schwarz Jr. did a 7 round Bears mock draft that saw Cam Jurgens head to the Windy City.
Round 4, Pick 115 – Cameron Jurgens, OC – Nebraska
I am on board with the Lucas Patrick signing. He is a clear upgrade at center over Sam Mustipher. That said, with how Ryan Poles structured his contract, he’s only guaranteed a year here in Chicago. Next year, he would see a $5.3 million dollar cap hit, but only costs the Bears $1.4 million in dead cap should they cut him. Adding a backup center like Cameron Jurgens would be huge in my opinion. He too would be an upgrade over Sam Mustipher and could push to take over the position by 2023 or 2024.
Adding Jurgens also gives the team versatility. Lucas Patrick has experience at both guard spots and should the team need to, Jurgens could step in at center and Patrick could kick outside to guard. This wouldn’t be ideal for 2022 but could be the move for 2023 — especially if the Bears don’t land Ryan Bates (waiting on the Bills) or decide to move on from Cody Whitehair next season.
Jurgens would fit the smaller, quicker type of lineman that Ryan Poles wants at 6’3″ and 303 pounds. He’s very similar in size to Patrick. He is very athletic, quick and aggressive from the moment he snaps the ball. He has explosiveness that allows him to get upfield and take on second-level defenders. A year or two behind Patrick could do him wonders too. He needs to get into an NFL strength-training program and develop more power in his game.
Fan Nation Seahawks site All Seahawks writer Corbin Smith did his Mid-Free Agency 7 Round Seahawks Mock Draft that had two Huskers going to Seattle.
Round 3, Pick No. 98 - Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
The Seahawks have never picked a cornerback earlier than the third round with Schneider and Carroll running the show and that trend continues in this latest mock draft with selection of Taylor-Britt, a three-time captain for the Cornhuskers. A second-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2021, Taylor-Britt has a penchant for getting his hands on the football and finished his career in Lincoln with five interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and 21 passes defensed. While he measured in smaller at the combine than expected at 5-foot-11, 196 pounds, he plays bigger than his size when thrust into jump ball situations. He has the athleticism (4.38 40-yard dash) to become a quality man cover corner, but he will enter the league better known for his prowess in zone and has had his share of mishaps getting toasted with double moves. Tackling remains his biggest area of concern and he will have to clean that up quickly to carve out a role in Seattle, but he has the traits and skills to push for playing time early.
Round 5, Pick No. 153 - Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
Even after signing Austin Blythe in free agency, the Seahawks still have long-term concerns at the pivot position and lack depth in the present. Enter in Jurgens, a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers who impressed in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. While on the lighter side at 303 pounds, Jurgens ran a sub-5.00 40-yard dash at the combine and also threw up 25 reps on the bench press, exhibiting a well-rounded athletic toolbox. As a run blocker, while he doesn’t always take the best angles out of his stance to attack defenders as a blocker, his light feet and lateral mobility make him an ideal candidate to put in a zone-heavy run scheme at the next level. He’s less refined in pass protection, but held up well against athletic interior rushers in the rugged Big Ten. Though he may not be ready to start right away, Jurgens could be in the lineup for the Seahawks in 2023.
CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Chris Trapasso released his updated Top 100 rankings. Two Huskers made his top 100.
45. Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
He excels with: Chippy nature on the field, big-time speed, excellent ball skills, impressive run-support willingness
Areas of concern: Not the twitchiest cornerback, sometimes labored out of his backpedal
Taylor-Britt gets the most out of his athleticism and has the speed to stay with faster wideouts down the field.
63. Cam Jurgens, OL, Nebraska
He excels with: Freaky all-around athleticism, nasty demeanor on the field, well-placed hands
Areas of concern: Lacking anchoring strength, occasionally called for personal fouls
Jurgens is a Day 1 starting center due to his supreme athleticism and nastiness.
Kyle Crabbs is the lead NFL Draft analyst at The Draft Network and he put out his rankings of his top cornerbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. At number 9 on his list is Cam Taylor-Britt.
Player Specific News
In Pat Leonard’s NFL Notes column of the New York Daily News he mentioned Samori Toure as one of the wide receivers to keep an eye on for the Giants.
Toure, meanwhile, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the Cornhuskers’ pro day this week, after catching two TD passes in this year’s East-West Shrine game. The former Montana FCS standout transferred to Nebraska for a final season and caught 46 passes for 898 yards and five TDs in 2021. Now he has several top-30 visits already lined up with respected organizations in need of receivers to contribute immediately. His stock is rising quickly as a possible major find in the middle rounds. Don’t rule out the Giants looking at a receiver like Toure with one of their nine draft picks, either.Toure, meanwhile, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the Cornhuskers’ pro day this week, after catching two TD passes in this year’s East-West Shrine game. The former Montana FCS standout transferred to Nebraska for a final season and caught 46 passes for 898 yards and five TDs in 2021. Now he has several top-30 visits already lined up with respected organizations in need of receivers to contribute immediately. His stock is rising quickly as a possible major find in the middle rounds. Don’t rule out the Giants looking at a receiver like Toure with one of their nine draft picks, either.
406 MT Sports took a look at Toure’s performance at the Nebraska Pro Day
ICYMI: On the latest @PFN365 Premier #NFLDraft podcast we talked about some standout Pro Day performances including:— Oliver Hodgkinson (@ojhodgkinson) March 26, 2022
Jelani Woods, #GoHoos
Dennis Houston, @WIUfootball
Samori Toure, #GBR
Thanks to @MathBomb, ran the RAS on Samori Toure since I was interested as he was my fav WR prospect who was a non-Combine invite.— Joshua Gleason (@JGleas) March 23, 2022
If you take out the bench (most WRs don't do it anyways), fairly strong testing from Toure. pic.twitter.com/x9nXfBk1VE
Winning at the LOS starts w/ feet. Samori Touré creates separation w/ the hesitation release to gather info & push the CB back w/ his feet. This forces the CB to shoot the wrong hand, locking corner’s hips long enough for Touré to create a comfortable throwing window. pic.twitter.com/nOsu9ZVrDZ— Cory Yates (@CoryRAanalytics) March 27, 2022
If you didn’t see my Austin Allen Scouting Report earlier this week.
Draft Profile— Tommy (@TommyG105) March 28, 2022
Austin Allen- 6’8 260
Powers through arm tackles
Soft reliable hands
8/10 power at POA
Stood out against Big 10 competition
Tremendous length and wing span
10/10 in traffic
Below average block finishing mentality.#Togetherblue pic.twitter.com/B25rSRbXQ4
The Pittsburgh Steelers website did an article where their radio network team looked at various interior offensive line prospects. One member of that team is former NFL Scout Matt Williamson and he chose to highlight Jurgens.
Much has been made of Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum as this draft’s best center and Linderbaum is a fantastic prospect. However, Jurgens has a very similar profile and style as Linderbaum. As he showed at the Combine, Jurgens is a very good movement athlete that runs well and gets off the ball quickly. On tape, you regularly seeing Jurgens making impressive blocks well down the field. Jurgens is only a center, and that lack of position versatility could hurt him as only a few teams in the NFL are looking for centers, but this three-year starter’s stock is still on the rise and Jurgens profiles as a potential starting pivot at the next level for a zone running team.
Over at ESPN.com, Matt Miller and Jordan Reid did a joint article talking about draft buzz. In the article they were talking about top Pro Day performers and Reid highlighted Jurgens.
A pro day performance that flew under the radar was from Nebraska center Cam Jurgens. At 6-foot-3, 304 pounds, he participated in only the 40-yard dash (4.92) and bench press (25 reps) at the combine earlier this month. At his pro day, Jurgens posted a 7.19 three-cone drill and had a 33.5-inch vertical and 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump. Those would have ranked him inside some of the best marks ever seen for an interior offensive lineman at the combine.
Teams seeking a wide- or zone-scheme center could take Jurgens in the third round. Don’t be surprised if he goes in the top 75 picks.
CBS Sports NFL Draft Analyst Chris Trapasso put out his yearly Trust The Traits article that looks at prospects who shouldn’t be overlooked in this class despite pedestrian film. In the article he highlighted Jurgens as one of those players.
Jurgens was a blast to watch. My word. So sudden, so nasty. In my gradebook, I wrote “oversized guided missile to the second level.” His quickness shines not only for the run game but when having to block multiple interior rushers, or dealing with an individual’s counter moves in pass protection.
Jurgens’ lack of power is evident on film, and likely why he’s not generating loads of buzz. If there’s one thing you can bet on an offensive lineman improving upon at the NFL is their strength. One season in an NFL strength and conditioning program typically does it.
Another positive for this Nebraska star — he’s nearly 6-3, weighed-in over 300 pounds at the combine and has arms well over 33 inches. He’s going to be a star.
Fan Nation Giants site Giants Country released their Cam Jurgens Scouting Report
Cameron Jurgens is a OC prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored a 9.55 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 24 out of 510 OC from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/aHSL49kRol #RAS pic.twitter.com/RFdMqQMdyJ— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 28, 2022
I've been asked by a few which names are NOT being discussed enough as surprise first rounders. Someone like Payton Turner in '21, Igbinoghene in '20, McGary in '19— David Syvertsen (@Ourlads_Sy) March 27, 2022
WR George Pickens / Georgia
TE Greg Dulcich / UCLA
DT Logan Hall / Houston
OC Cam Jurgens / Nebraska
2022 NFL Draft prospects the Arizona Cardinals have been tied to via various reports:— Bo Brack (@BoBrack) March 26, 2022
QB Malik Willis - Liberty
G Zion Johnson - BC
C Cam Jurgens - NEB
WR Treylon Burks - ARK
TE Cole Turner - NEV
DE Alex Wright - UAB
CB Chase Lucas - ASU
CB Akayleb Evans - Mizzou
Nebraska center Cam Jurgens (51) can get moving for a big man and his motor means you'll often find him blocking defenders 15+ yards beyond the LOS. Is going to be a very good player for somebody. @nyjets would make sense as interior guy to take over at C next season. pic.twitter.com/HJEJP7dD7S— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) March 26, 2022
Cam Jurgens showing great frog jump ability here to obliterate an OLB... will be a great value pick up on Day 2 for a heavy Zone PA team. Twitchy, explosive athlete! https://t.co/MzndP5TQUR pic.twitter.com/blfLbZa46V— Luke Carr (TD4LC) (@LukeCarrNFL) March 25, 2022
After watching Nebraska center Cam Jurgens this morning, he’s towards the top of my list for Miami at pick 101.— Dante Collinelli (@DanteCollinelli) March 25, 2022
Needs development, but he’s a scheme fit with a ton of athletic upside. pic.twitter.com/dWwqrtH5as
Cameron Jurgens got the juice out in space pic.twitter.com/igFXy7B9Rx— Ryder McConville (@RyderM25) March 27, 2022
SB Nation Commanders site Hog Haven put out an article highlighting titled, If the Commanders Are Looking for a Big Nickel, JoJo Domann Might Be Their Man
Evaluated Nebraska hybrid LB Jojo Domann.— Jack Dodd (@Jack23Dodd) March 28, 2022
He shows off his coverage skills against current Steelers' TE and former Penn State standout Pat Freiermuth in their 2020 matchup. #NFLDraft2022 @JimNagy_SB @steelers @dpbrugler @TheDomannator pic.twitter.com/WBFqiXhwGN
Nebraska LBer JoJo Domann (13) consistently shows great snap anticipation. Here on the goal line against Northwestern, he forces a fumble before the back has a chance to secure the ball. pic.twitter.com/AvlB6iB1Ob— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) March 27, 2022
New episode of Talkin’ Giants!— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) March 29, 2022
•Midround prospects w/ @nickfalato
•What we’d do at 5 & 7?
•Leo Chenal, Greg Dulcich, Drake Jackson, Luke Fortner, Damone Clark, Cam Taylor-Britt
Mid-to-late RD2 is a sweet spot on the Big Board in my Scouting Gradebook for some of my favorite, explosive CBs in this class:— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) March 27, 2022
To me, that's where the genuine value is at the position in this class
Beautiful zone eyes from Cam Taylor-Britt. He’s aware of his responsibilities & reads the play through to the QB. And a nice angle to the football coupled with burst for the pass breakup#Bills #BillsMafia #GoBills— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) March 25, 2022
Which WR is ideal for the #Bills?— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) March 25, 2022
For @RussNFLDraft it’s the WR that gave Cam Taylor-Britt “nightmares about having to matchup against”
The WR that “put fear in his defenders”
Ohio State WR Chris Olave
Full episode link https://t.co/7h3jLnTyTr#BillsMafia #GoBills @Cover1 pic.twitter.com/H2XglZf78Q
Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt has ELITE make-up speed!— Halil's Real Footballtalk (@halilsfbtalk) March 24, 2022
Don't have the All-22 view of this insane pick, but had to share it! #NFL #Footballtalk #NFLDraft #DraftTwitter #NFLTwitter @CamTaylorBritt_ pic.twitter.com/I9spBL1ryG